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20 Best Gifts for Cyclists That Will Truly Enhance Their Ride

From gear, to fuel, to accessories.

gifts for cyclists

'Tis the season for saving, spending, and gifting. With the holidays, and, more specifically, holiday deals, around the corner, the cyclists in your life will be looking to add some extra gear to their collection.

At Bicycling, we're constantly reviewing and testing new products and gear, so we feel confident recommending gifts for cyclists, whether they're new to the sport or live to ride. From new tires, to gear for their next mountain adventure, to cool jerseys to sport while they’re riding, we’re sure you’ll find the perfect gift for them in this guide. And hey, with some places returning to the office, those who commute to work might be in need of a mode of transportation to get there. So, why not a bike (and some accessories along with it)?

Read on for the best gift ideas for cyclists, and check out our guide to gifts under $50 if you're shopping on a budget.

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Best Helmet for Kids
Fox Racing Mainframe Helmet

Taking styling cues from Fox's higher-end helmets, this trail-riding helmet features Mips protection and is sized for kids. There is also an adult model for $90.

Best Pedals
OneUp Components Composite Pedal
OneUp Components

These grippy and durable nylon-composite pedals are great for both mountain bikers and commuters. The pins are removable to fine tune grip, and the pedals have sealed bearings for durability. They also come in various sizes and colors.

Great Grips
ODI Vans Lock-On Grips

Lock-on grips are perfect for mountain bikes and commuter bikes because they stay in place and don't slip when exposed to water or mud. ODI has long made some of the best grips in the sport. These lock-ons come in the legendary Vans waffle sole pattern. Not only do they feel good in your hands, but they also look great on the bike.

Keep Feet Warm and Comfortable
Wattstyle Wool Socks

There's a reason we named the Wattstyle socks to our Gear of the Year; these, simply put, are great socks at an incredible value! They’re made of wool to help keep your favorite cyclist’s feet extra warm as it gets much colder on their rides. What feels even better? Supporting one of the few Black-owned cycling brands.

An Essential Bike Pump
Silca SuperPista Ultimate Hiro Edition Floor Pump

Every cyclist should have a good pump. And a few lucky ones should have this one. The SuperPista Ultimate is not just a pump, it is a work of art—as it should be for nearly $500. Beautifully crafted, made in the USA, and designed to last a lifetime, it’s a great gift for the cyclist in your life.

Best Smart Trainer
Kickr Snap Smart Power Trainer
Wahoo Fitness

The Kickr Snap is an easy-to-use smart trainer, perfect for the rider looking to get into training indoors or to start riding and racing on virtual platforms like Zwift.

Stay Warm While Cycling
Sinergia 2 Limited-Edition Jersey

This long-sleeve thermal jersey is great for winter, spring, and fall riding. While this one is for women, there’s a version for men as well—both have full-length zippers, which makes it easier to control ventilation so you don't overheat during harder efforts. 

The Solution to Chafing
Chamois Butt’r Cream
Chamois Butt'r

Nothing we’ve found minimizes chafing in the saddle like Chamois Butt’r. Of four different “flavors,” including a women’s version, we like the cooling feel of Euro Style, with menthol and witch hazel. All stay on during the longest of rides, yet wash off easily.

Best All-Purpose Kit
Finish Line Pro Care Bucket Kit
Finish Line

All the bike-wash essentials are in this handy care bucket kit from Finish Line. You get brushes for cleaning and detailing, bike wash, degreaser and wet and dry lubes—everything you need to keep your bike clean and rolling creak free.

Best Bike Bell
Spurcycle Compact Bell

The Spurcycle combat bell is the nicest bell we've used. It's slim, sleek, and won't look out of place on any bike. Best of all: it's loud!

Keep Cyclists Hydrated
Bivo One Water Bottle

Stainless steel water bottles are designed to last a long time and prohibit the growth of mold and bacteria, making them a good choice for cyclists. Of the few options, this one impresses us the most. It's nice to use and drink out of.

Most Essential Cycling Hoodie
Merino Wool Cobra 3.0 Hoodie

This wool hoodie is good to wear on or off the bike. It dries quickly, doesn’t stink, and is a great piece of clothing for every season. Even more, because it’s a zip-up, it can easily be layered over other articles of clothing.

Protect Eyes From the Sun
Ombraz Dolomite Sunglasses

These sunglasses are perfect for that person in your life who’s always losing track of their sunglasses. Instead of standard arms, they use secure ropes to keep them from launching away from your body. And the grippy nose keeps them in place, even on sweaty rides. 

Keep Track of Tire Pressure
Xiaomi Portable Electric Air Compressor

With tubeless tires, hookless rims, and new research on rolling resistance, tire pressure has never been more important. The Xiaomi Mijia is an iPod-looking, handheld, digital tire inflator that makes preride or race tire pressure setting easy and precise, letting you get the most from your tires.

Side (and Ride) Comfortably
Fizik Argo Tempo R3 Saddle

We team fell in love with this distinctive-looking saddle when testing the Ventum NS1 bike. With a short nose (but not so short that you can’t change position), generous cutout, and wide platform across the sit bones for support, it’s great for road or gravel riding.

Stay Safe During Night Rides
Bontrager Flare RT Rear Bike Light

The super-bright Flare RT is the smallest, smartest rear bike light in the game. With multiple flash and steady modes, battery life up to 15 hours, and ANT+ connectivity for remote control, you can leave it on your bike and feel seen and safe on every ride.

Essential Bell for Mountain Bikers
Timber Quick-Release Mountain Bike Bell

If you ride on mixed-use mountain bike trails, the Timber Bell should be on your bike. The constant bell can take some getting used to  but it’s worth it to help alert other trail users to your presence (and it's easy to silence when the coast is clear with an easy-to-slide lever).

Great Grips for Mountain Bikes
Ergon GE1 Evo Grips

The Ergon GE1 EVO is a favorite of our testers and suits almost every style of mountain bike. With a construction that absorbs shock and relieves arm-pump on the downhills, it fits perfectly in the shape of your hand and has a grip pattern that inspires confidence even on the sweatiest days.

Best Helmet for Adult Cyclists
POC Omne Air Spin Helmet

With extensive ventilation, a polycarbonate shell with a variable-density EPS foam liner, and POC’s SPIN rotational-energy management technology, this helmet looks, feels, and performs like many lids double the price.

Great Fitting Shoes for Long Rides
Ride Concepts Hellion Elite Shoes

Right now, the Hellion Elite stands atop the pyramid of trail/all mountain flat-pedal shoes not for any one thing, but because it gets everything right. Fit, comfort, grip, stiffness, feel, weight, and looks: This shoe balances all those elements superbly. The result is a shoe that’s nearly perfect.

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